Juventus v Lokomotiv Moskva facts
Friday, October 11, 2019
Juventus will attempt to continue their fine record against Russian sides when Group D rivals Lokomotiv Moskva come to Turin.
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Juventus look to be hitting their stride in Group D, and they will be eager to continue their unbeaten start as Lokomotiv Moskva come to Turin.
• The Italian side have collected four points from their first two fixtures, drawing at Atlético Madrid before a comfortable home win against Bayer Leverkusen, and are a point better off than their Russian visitors, whose opening away victory was followed by a home defeat.
• Juventus have won both previous fixtures between the sides without conceding, coming out 4-0 aggregate victors in the 1993/94 UEFA Cup first round. Roberto Baggio scored either side of a Fabrizio Ravanelli goal in the first leg in Turin, before Giancarlo Marocchi got the only goal of the Moscow second leg.
• Having let slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Atlético Madrid on Matchday 1, Juventus made no such mistake last time out, overcoming Leverkusen 3-0 in Turin. That was only their second win in their last seven UEFA Champions League matches (D2 L3).
• In 2018/19, under Massimiliano Allegri, Juve finished first in Group H ahead of Manchester United, Valencia and Young Boys, picking up 12 points. After turning round their tie against Atlético in the round of 16 (0-2 a, 3-0 h), they drew 1-1 at Ajax in the first leg of their quarter-final only to bow out following a 2-1 home defeat.
• Juventus won three of their five home games in last season's UEFA Champions League, beating Young Boys (3-0) and Valencia (1-0) in the group stage and Atlético in the last 16, but lost the other two matches, against Manchester United on Matchday 4 and Ajax in the quarter-final second leg (both 1-2). It is the only time Juventus have ever lost more than one home game in a European campaign.
• Before losing to Real Madrid in the 2017/18 quarter-final first leg (0-3), Juve were unbeaten in 27 home matches in UEFA competition (W16 D11), dating back to a 2-0 reverse against Bayern München in April 2013. They have still lost only four of their 39 European matches at the Juventus Stadium (W23 D12), although three of those defeats have come in their last seven matches.
• Juve have won all three home games against Russian visitors, scoring nine goals and conceding only one. Their last such encounter brought a 1-0 defeat of Zenit in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League group stage; the subsequent away game finished goalless, the first time Juventus had failed to win against Russian opponents at the sixth time of asking.
• Champions of Italy for a record eighth season in a row in 2018/19, this is Juve's 20th UEFA Champions League campaign; they have reached the last 16 or better in 16 of the previous 19.
• Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have played in nine European Cup finals – losing a record seven, including all of their last five.
• The 2-1 win at Leverkusen on Matchday 1 was Lokomotiv's first away victory in the UEFA Champions League since a 2-1 win at Galatasaray in the 2002/03 first group stage. Their record between those two victories, qualifying included, was D4 L9.
• The Moscow club were beaten 2-0 at home by Atlético Madrid in their most recent fixture.
• Second in last season's Russian Premier League, when they won the Russian Cup for the third time in five years, Lokomotiv are in the group stage for the fifth time overall and the second in successive seasons. Their 2018/19 appearance was their first since 2003/04.
• Last season Loko finished bottom of a section involving Porto, Schalke and Galatasaray, losing five games and picking up their only points with a 2-0 home defeat of the Turkish club on matchday five.
• The win against Galatasaray ended Loko's run of six consecutive European defeats – they had won the previous four. That run was the worst losing sequence in Lokomotiv's European history, eclipsing their five successive losses in 2003.
• Loko lost at Galatasaray (0-3), Porto (1-4) and Schalke (0-1) in last season's group stage, making it four away European defeats in a row. However, they have still lost only five of their last 14 European away matches (W5 D4).
• Lokomotiv's last trip to Italy brought a goalless draw at Palermo in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage. Beaten in three of their first four visits (D1), they have drawn the last two.
• Home and away, Lokomotiv's only win against an Italian club was a 3-0 defeat of Internazionale in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League group stage; their record otherwise is D4 L6.
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• Benedikt Höwedes spent 2017/18 on loan at Juventus from Schalke, scoring once in three Serie A appearances.
• Have also played in Italy:
João Mário (Internazionale 2016–18, 2018/19)
Luka Djordjević (Sampdoria 2014/15)
• Cristiano Ronaldo has scored three goals for Portugal in six games against Russia, most recently in a 1-0 win in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage, Fedor Smolov playing for the hosts.
• Gianluigi Buffon made his Italy debut in a 1-1 draw in Russia in the play-offs for the 1998 FIFA World Cup on 29 October 1997.
• Aaron Ramsey scored and provided an assist in Wales's 3-0 defeat of Smolov's Russia in the UEFA EURO 2016 group stage.
• International team-mates:
Cristiano Ronaldo & João Mário, Éder (Portugal)
Wojciech Szczęsny & Maciej Rybus, Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland)
• Ronaldo, Éder and João Mário were all in Portugal's victorious UEFA EURO 2016 squad, Éder scoring the extra-time winner in the final against France after Ronaldo's early injury-enforced departure. Blaise Matuidi was in the France team.
• Have played together
Sami Khedira & Benedikt Höwedes (Germany)
Adrien Rabiot & Grzegorz Krychowiak (Paris Saint-Germain 2016/17)
• Rodrigo Bentancur helped Uruguay to a 3-0 defeat of Russia in the 2018 World Cup group stage. Aleksei Miranchuk and substitute Smolov played for the hosts.
• Gonzalo Higuaín scored a hat-trick in Napoli's 3-1 defeat of Lokomotiv's city rivals Dinamo Moskva in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 16.
• Juventus need three more goals to reach 300 in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.
• Danilo's next appearance in UEFA club competition will be his 50th.
• Having found the net against Leverkusen, Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored against 33 teams in the UEFA Champions League, equalling the record of Raúl González; he has never scored against Lokomotiv.
• Juve went top of Serie A with a 2-1 win away to previous leaders Internazionale on 6 October.
• Juventus are still undefeated this season in all competitions (W8 D2), winning five out of five at home, including Saturday's 2-1 defeat of Bologna in which Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanić found the net. Ronaldo has scored once in each of Juve's five home games in 2019/20.
• Alongside long-term absentees Giorgio Chiellini (knee) and Mattia Perin (shoulder), neither of whom are in the UEFA Champions League squad, Mattia De Sciglio has not played since suffering a thigh injury against Napoli on 31 August.
• Douglas Costa has been out since suffering a thigh injury in the 0-0 draw against Fiorentina on 14 September. Right-back Danilo suffered a similar injury when he was forced off after 18 minutes against Brescia on 24 September, although he was an unused substitute on Saturday.
• Aaron Ramsey missed Wales' UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers against Slovakia and Croatia with a groin problem that also kept him out against Bologna.
• Ronaldo scored his 700th career goal when he converted a 72nd-minute penalty in Portugal's EURO qualifying defeat by Ukraine on 14 October. The 34-year-old, who also struck in the 3-0 victory against Luxembourg three days earlier, now has 95 goals for his country, 450 for Real Madrid, 118 for Manchester United, 33 for Juventus and five for Sporting CP.
• On 12 October Federico Bernardeschi scored as Italy defeated Greece 2-0 in Rome to qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 with three games to spare. The Juve winger opened the scoring in the 5-0 win against Liechtenstein that followed.
• Pjanić scored twice as Bosnia and Herzegovina defeated 4-1 Finland in EURO qualifying on 12 October.
• Lokomotiv claimed their third Russian Super Cup on 6 July, beating Zenit 3-2.
• Loko have picked up 29 points from their first 13 league matches this season, five more than at the same stage last season.
• Lokomotiv have won their last five league fixtures, including Friday's 2-0 success at Akhmat Grozny.
• Holders Lokomotiv lost 4-1 on penalties at second division Baltika Kaliningrad in the last 32 of the Russian Cup on 25 September after a 1-1 draw.
• Guilherme kept clean sheets against Scotland (4-0) and Cyprus (5-0) as Russia booked their place at UEFA EURO 2020, extending his run of international clean sheets to three matches; the Lokomotiv goalkeeper has kept his goal intact six times in his last seven games for Russia and eight in his last ten, and has conceded only six goals in his 12 international appearances.
• Grzegorz Krychowiak played 180 minutes as Poland defeated Latvia (3-0) and North Macedonia (2-0) to qualify for UEFA EURO 2020; Maciej Rybus appeared against Latvia.
• Fedor Smolov missed Russia's two October internationals with a thigh injury and also sat out Lokomotiv's weekend win at Akhmat Grozny.
• Anton Miranchuk is expected to miss the rest of the UEFA Champions League group stage after suffering a foot injury in the 1-0 win at Sochi on 14 September.
• Jefferson Farfán and Boris Rotenberg are long-term absentees with knee injuries.
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